Unique Attractions in Melbourne, Florida – An Insider’s Guide to Hidden Gems

There’s so much to discover on a sightseeing getaway in Melbourne, Florida, a tropical paradise with much more than warm sand and palm trees! Here at Port d’Hiver, we’ve put together some of our favorites, truly special destinations that are sure to enrich your experience here and make for beautiful Florida memories. All of these places are easy to add to any itinerary and nearby the inn, perfect for a beautiful Florida vacation at Port d’Hiver bed and breakfast.

thai food at Wat Punyawanaram Wat Punyawanaram Thai Temple

Immerse yourself in the incredible food of another culture at Wat Punyawanaram Thai Temple every Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm. They open their doors to the public for a feast unlike any other, a Sunday brunch featuring authentic Thai cuisine prepared in the traditional way. Come for the food and stay for the culture with this window into another world and make your Florida getaway extraordinary.

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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

Discover Florida’s lush flora and fauna at the Viera (Ritch Grissom Memorial) Wetlands and see local wildlife flourishing in its natural habitat. Make sure to bring a camera as there is quite a variety of bird species that make their home here, a fantastic spot for birdwatching and other photography. It’s nearby the Brevard Zoo as well as the River Lakes Conservation Area, a great region of Florida to fit into your itinerary for planning an exciting day of eco-tourism.

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Florida Tech Botanical Garden

Visit the Florida Tech Botanical Garden for a lovely afternoon amongst the flowers, a true hidden gem with lush vegetation and so much to see! Pack a picnic lunch and grab a bench for an unparalleled lunchtime view, or stop at the gazebo and take it all in. Check out the bamboo garden, butterfly garden, gorgeous fountains, and even a turtle pond! You’re sure to have a wonderful time surrounded by the beauty of nature for an unforgettable stop on your journey.

Liberty Bell Memorial Museum full-size replica

Liberty Bell Memorial Museum

Calling all history buffs! The Liberty Bell Memorial Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in Florida’s early history as well as its role in the founding of our nation—an enthralling view into life over 300 years ago! See their full-size replica of the famous Liberty Bell, as well as other exhibits, and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the state at one of the area’s most unique attractions.

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Local Festivals

Spice up your trip at one of our many fascinating festivals and have a great time enjoying the outdoors, delicious food, beverages, handcrafted goods, and so much more! We highly recommend the Annual Space Coast Wing Battle, Brevard Renaissance Fair, Melbourne Food & Wine, Strawberry, and Blueberry festivals. These are just some of the festivals in the area that offer an especially fun time for foodies and wine enthusiasts!

tour group riding an airboat near Melbourne

Airboat Rides

A distinctly Floridian experience, airboating is one of the most popular ways to see the Everglades. Skim along the water for an exhilarating ride along the sights and sounds of Melbourne’s waterways, best experienced with Camp Holly Airboat Rides! Book with them and enjoy a trip to their tiki bar afterward with delicious drinks and live music on weekends—the perfect way to end a day out in the sun. Port d’Hiver is your vacation destination for everything Florida, including hidden gems and local favorites that we’ve got the scoop on.

ocean view room for a Florida weekend getaway in Melbourne Beach

Stay Near The Beach

Stay at Port d’Hiver and make us your home base for all the enjoyable activities planned out for your getaway. Hopefully, we’ve added a few items to the list! Stay in luxurious accommodations by the sea with everything you need for a relaxing stay, including king and queen beds, jetted tubs, and spa showers in many rooms, and gorgeous views of the ocean and garden from your balcony. Wake up for morning adventures with a delicious gourmet breakfast and get a head start on your busy day of sightseeing! Hopefully, these have given you some inspiration for your own visit, and we wish you safe journeys wherever your travels may take you.

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